Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) filed an objection to the Arizona election results, kicking off what will be a symbolic temper tantrum that President Trump’s allies are throwing during Congress’ counting of Electoral College votes.
Gosar said his objection was joined by 60 colleagues in the House. It was signed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), triggering a process where the objection will now be debated by both houses of Congress.
There was a round of applause when Gosar announced the objection.
With the filing of the objection, the joint session will be suspended, and the Senate will return to its chamber. Both the Senate and the House will then have separate but simultaneous debates on the objection. The debates are expected to last at least two hours.
The House and Senate were forced to recess shortly after Trump supporters stormed Capitol grounds. Trump encouraged supporters to march to the Capitol and demonstrate against the certification of Biden’s electoral victory.
Two buildings on the Capitol Complex were evacuated due to the activity.
According to NBC News, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have been evacuated from the Capitol and taken to a secure location.